JDBaker11058 (1220) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: near-black, with two fingers of thick, creamy, dense, rocky tan head that lasted forever and left rich swathes of cotton-candy lace everywhere. Aroma: BOOM! Bitter dark chocolate, fresh pine, espresso, mint, earth, and hope. Taste: bittersweet cocoa powder, with resinous, chalky-dry hops, café mocha, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of toasted black bread, with just a whisper of a lactic tang/acidity. Finish: smooth and nicely dry, with lingering dark chocolate and piney hops vying for attention. Notes: I’ve been on a major porter kick over the last few weeks, and darned if this is isn’t the greatest porter I’ve ever had. Big, rich, chocolatey, and bittersweet, with a chewy but not overpowering palate. Hops all over the place, but they add just the right amount of aroma and bitter character without overpowering or making it a hop-bomb. I would drink this every darn day. Phenomenal. Hope I can find more.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Chris! Roast and chocolate aroma. Fairly balanced. Flavor is similar. Carb a bit too high. Slightly acrid finish. Okay.
jtclockwork (8015) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, roasted coffee, roasted black malt, sweet cocoa and vanilla. Finishes very dry roast. Medium body.
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is cray. Extremely hoppy robust porter with rich chocolate and roast character, strangely I like this more than most Black IPAs, perhaps because the hop character isn’t super evident in bitterness, only in the up front flavor.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two finger head, dark creamy brown head, initial chocolate aroma then something sweet, cocoa flavor with oily mouthfeel and a alcohol finish.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly fantastic. Extremely well balanced and easy to drink while being super hoppy. It’s got a lot of roasty malt, hazelnut, a little chocolate. There’s hops all over it as well, but they strongly accent, without dominating. Bitter piney, a bit of resin. The carbonation is very fine, and it goes down with a moderate finish.
AirForceHops (2986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz. bottle from Village Market, Hampton Falls, NH. $6.50. Aroma is bitter chocolate, coffee, and generous amounts of pine hops. Solid flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood and the pine hops that I smell. charred notes. On the hoppy side for a porter. Dry texture with lingering pine and Earthy bitterness. A very nice brew, job well done.
Scrapersnbeer (1466) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
’Do what’s right’ says this beer under the ape mascot’s photo. And at a phenomenal 99 overall score, they did. Chocolate cake, smokey strong coffee and even some hearty hops shine through on the aroma. A jet black color, tan lacing. Taste of bitter coffee and cigars, with just enough alcohol bite to let you know it’s there. Heavy body, though not sludgey, it is certainly filling. Great beer for a cold winter morn.
jimhilt (2390) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades very slowly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Bakers chocolate nose and flavor is baked chocolate and coffee. Decent porter. $7.75 for a 500ml bottle from Bert’s Better Beers Hooksett, NH
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location/Date:Bottle on February 9th, 2013.
Appearance: Pours a dark opaque with light red head.
Aroma: Aroma of roast, faint chocolate, boozy.
Taste: Roast, light bitterness, chocolate. Balanced.
Palate:Medium light body, light fizz, smooth.
Summary: My fifth beer rating from Maine Beer..and I continue to be amazed at the flavors in these beers have without being aggressive or inaccessible. Truly good beer.